April 30 Day – Day 4

datePosted on 18:11, April 30th, 2017 by David Spurling

April 30 – Day Four

The writer must apologise for the lack of written updates since Day One. His (inadequate) excuses include the unexpected number of participants in the dig (130 versus the – what we felt would be challenging – target of 100), the level of media interest (features on Solent Radio, visits to site for filming by ITV and That’s Solent TV), and of course the totally amazing and  unexpected outcomes  of the dig itself. The complexity of what was revealed had the writer and John Crook’s pcs working overtime – the understanding aided by such experienced archeologists visiting the site with much valuable background from the time of the abbey excavations. Hyde900 would like to thank in particular s Steve Teague (of Oxford Archaeology)  and Paul McCulloch, Regional Manager, Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd, both local Winchester residents,  for their insights and comments. A full press release will be issued at 12.00 on May  1.

In the absence of the scribes efforts Hyde900 Associate Dave Stewart has uploaded video clips and the occasional photo which charted the ups and downs of the dig, including these photos and videos of the final day of the dig, giving some indication of what was to be the conclusion of an eventful 4 days. More later.

Stuart Rippon talks to John Crook about what has been found in trench 3:

 

Steve Taylor gives two of the dig participants and update of what has been found in trench 6:

 

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Richard Jones, ITN Meridian news journalist, filming proceedings at a crowded Dig Open Day

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April 29 – Day Three

datePosted on 20:11, April 28th, 2017 by David Spurling

April 29 Day Three

News and videos for day three.

Dr John Crook gives a morning update of activity in trench No. 6:

 

Dr John Crook with a morning update of activity in trench No. 3:

 

Dr John Crook gives an update of activity in trench No. 7 this morning:

 

Interview with Steve Teague:

Local MP Steve Brine with his son and daughter using the sieve presented to him when visiting the 2016 King Alfred Weekend

Local MP Steve Brine with his son and daughter using the sieve presented to him when visiting the 2016 King Alfred Weekend

 

 

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April 28 Day – Day 2

datePosted on 14:17, April 28th, 2017 by David Spurling

April 28 – Day Two

Its day two, and things are get interesting. Deepening of the trenches have seen the discovery of interesting artifacts and feratures. See the videos below for interviews with the dig participants today.

David Spurling interviews Dr John Crook about some of the finds made this morning:

Interview with Justine on of the house owners:

 Edward Fennel interviews Dr John Crook in the early afternoon:

Edward Fennel interviews Colin, one of the volunteer diggers:

 Edward Fennel interviews Colin, one of the volunteer diggers:

As the video clips show, the day was the familiar roller coaster of experiences typical of a Day 2. Was it archaeology, or just some builders rubble? was it medieval walling. or just demolition material? The roller coater was in full operation as we cycled between the periods. what was undeniable was that the 50 participants over the day – some as young ad 5, all hororoughly enjoyed, what was for a lot of them, their first experience of archaeology. A quick check of feedback forms showed most wanted to take part in another dig within 6 months.

This coincided with offers from no less than two house holders in King Alfred Terrace offering us their garden sfo digging – or did they just want the vegetable patch dug?

Star finds included two fragments of medieval encaustic tile, much to the delight of Dave Stewart, the Hyde900 medieval tile expert

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April 27 – Day One.

datePosted on 13:00, April 28th, 2017 by David Spurling

April 27 – Day One

The day got off to an early start with the writer getting to the BBC Radio Solent for an interview at 0725, followed by an hour of traffic jams to return to Winchester. Somewhat vital as I had the Organisation and Sign on tent in the back of the car. However, this was mantled in time for the opening ceremony and to receive the first set of enthusiastic volunteers

The opening:

Some memories of the first day:

Interview with Dr John Crook talking about some of the finds of the day:


End of Day One Interview with Techer Jones: How did it all go?

The opening ceremony ably performed by a duet formed of the mayor, Cllr Jane Rutter, and the Managing Director of one of our sponsors, Belgarum estate agents, John Leeson. John’s opening speech was brief but to the point, and Jane Rutter, our hard working mayor, and fervent supporter of Hyde900, added some words before beginning her stint on the sieves.

The morning chaos (not to put too fine a point on it) was added to by the arrival of the film crew from the Southampton Video Camera Club, followed swiftly by the Editor (and one man – or rather –  woman) film unit of That’s Solent TV

Solent TV Clip

There was tremendous support from experienced amateur archaeologists from the Winchester Archaeological Rescue group, who were providing the supervisory expertise and equipment. The exact status of these was unclear, until after 8 hours I was happy to confirm to Techer Jones his position as Lead Archaeologist for trench – or to be more accurate – test pit – supervision. This will no doubt cost the writer an additional pint at the Saturday 6.30 celebrations at the nearby – appropriately named – King Alfred pub.

Life calmed down after lunch – not that many had time to stop for lunch – and the afternoon settled down to the routine work of removing topsoil. This in itself was not without incident, and the star find of the day was the discovery of a Victorian Christmas Pudding doll – dated to between 1850 and 1900. It is interesting to note that the date of build of the houses whose gardens we are working in is around 1900. (image courtesy of Janet Backhouse, ace finds processor)

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Hyde900 Summer 2016  e-newsletter

datePosted on 14:54, August 11th, 2016 by David Spurling

Summer news

The Hyde900 Summer newsletter was distributed recently, and is available at Hyde900 Summer 2016  e-newsletter link . Amongst other news, it includes early information on the programme for this year’s King Alfred Weekend, 20th to 23rd October, which includes the launch of the first public event of Winchester, the Royal City, a major new city and county wide project in which Hyde900 is a partner.

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